Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) distinguished himself on Tuesday as one of the most vociferous of the twenty dissenters against the election of Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to Speaker. In a letter to the Capitol Architect Tuesday evening, Gaetz noted that after three votes, McCarthy has not been elected Speaker of the House and asked how long he will be permitted to use the Speaker’s Office space “before he is considered a squatter.”
Gaetz posted the letter to Twitter with the caption. “The Speaker of the House Office in the Capitol is currently being occupied by Kevin McCarthy. Kevin McCarthy is not the Speaker of the House. He lost 3 consecutive votes today. I’m demanding answers from the Architect of the Capitol.”
The Speaker of the House Office in the Capitol is currently being occupied by Kevin McCarthy.
Kevin McCarthy is not the Speaker of the House. He lost 3 consecutive votes today.
I’m demanding answers from the Architect of the Capitol. pic.twitter.com/AIZ8bFks6W
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) January 4, 2023
In the full text of the letter, Gaetz wrote, “I write to inform you that the Speaker of the House Office located in the U.S. Capitol Building is currently occupied by Rep. Kevin McCarthy. As of this morning, the 117th Congress adjourned sine die, and a Speaker from the 118th Congress has not been elected. After three undeciding votes, no member can lay claim to this office.”
He added, “What is the basis in law, House rule, or precedent to allow someone who has placed second in three successive speaker elections to occupy the Speaker of the House Office? How long will he remain there before he is considered a squatter?”
For the coup de grace’ Gaetz further noted that “Mr. McCarthy can no longer be considered Speaker-Designate following today’s balloting.”
As Congress re-enters session on January 4th as of this writing, the fourth round of voting for the position of Speaker is set to begin. It is unknown what type of meetings took place throughout the night and whether an accommodation has been reached between the dissenting Republicans and Minority Leader McCarthy.
What is known is that according to MSNBC’s Haley Talbot, an awful lot of pizza was delivered to the House chambers late last night.
PIZZA on its way to MCCARTHY office…. Never a good sign pic.twitter.com/ie9jLj9mtc
— Haley Talbot (@haleytalbotnbc) January 3, 2023